is said that when the GODS
left there footprints on the
land of HARIDWAR
, Metaphorically they also left an
indelible mark the spritual ethos of every HINDU-MORE So, the DEVOUT, who
would later follow their holy paths all across the BLESSEDLAND. HARIDWAR
stands as the gateway to the four PIIGRIMAGES OF UTTRACHAL,
Mentioned as MAYAPURI, GANGADWAR MOKSHADWAR
in the ancient scriptures and eplcs, HARIDWAR
remain as major SHAKTIPEETH for the devotees. Of such significance HARIDWAR
in the thought of india's traditional HINDU
S that it
has earned its sobriquet of honour, THE GATEWAY OF THE GODS.
Legend has it that Bhagiratha
, brought the Ganges
into the earth, and into this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes
by the curse of the sage Kapila. Kapilastaan, a spot in HARIDWAR
is pointed to as Kapila's hermitage. HARIDWAR
known as Gangadwara.
Haridwar (and Rishikesh)
represents the gateway to the Himalayan pilgrimage shrines of
Badrinath and Kedarnath.
The pilgrimage to the Himalayan
shrines begins only when
the sun reaches the zodiac sign of Aries. HARIDWAR
the site of celebration of the Kumbha Mela
, once in twelve
years, when Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
The five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar are Gangadwara, Kankhal,
Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta
. The main ghat at
is known as Hari-ki-Pairi
for a footprint of Vishnu
on a stone in a wall). Nearby is
the Gangadwara temple
, the most important of the several
temples that dot this town. The Ganga Aarti
celebrated at 7 pm each night, is a spectacular sight, when the aarti
ceremony is performed at all temples in Haridwar
same instant (see image above). Hundreds throng to the ghats at Hari-ki-Pairi
to participate in this festival. Offerings of lamps and flowers
are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving
sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river.
are the towns of Mayapuri
and Kankhal. Kankhal
houses the Daksheswara
, said to be the site of Daksha's yagna
which was destroyed by Shiva.